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name type of notice
Adams, Albert H. obituary
Adams, Augustus obituary
Adams, Charles H. obituary
Adams, J. Phelps obituary
Adams, Henry A. obituary
Adams, Oliver obituary
Adams, Clara obituary
Adams, Ralph obituary
Adams, M. Emma obituary
Adams, Walter G. obituary
Allyn, Joseph P. will, obituary
Anderson, Marguerite death notice
Anderson, Donald Sr. obituary
Apprill, Paul obituary
Bernard, Cresentia marriage
Blair, Ida obituary
Blair, Calvin E. obituary
Blair, Clyde S. obituary
Blair, Craig F. obituary
Brinkmeyer, Gustave obituary
Brinkmeyer, Wilhelmina obituary
Burdick, G.B. marriage
Burdick, Jemima death certificate
Burdick, Olive obituary
Cox, Albert M. obituary
Cox, Albert M. 1880 census
Cox, Alice L. marriage
Cox, Alice L. obituary
Cox, Ella obituary
Cox, Emeline E. obituary
Cox, Fannie obituary
Cox, Henry A. marriage
Cox, Henry A. obituary
Cross, Henrietta obituary
Davids, Henry S. obituary
Davids, Henry S. Will
Davids, Charlotte J. obituary
De Vos, Madeleine obituary
Downey, Mary Madeleine obituary
Edgerton, George E. obituary
Edgerton, Delia B. obituary
name type of notice
Flood, Harold marriage
Farley, Jane M. obituary
Gentner, Don obituary
Haezebrouck, Elisa boarding pass
Harris, Robert (1837) will
Illian, Carroll marriage
Illian, Joseph obituary
Jandt, Charlotte obituary
Jurgenson, Eileen obituary
Kelly, Charlotte (1909) Will
Kelly, Ethel obituary
Kelly, Joseph (father) Will (1883)
Kelly, Joseph (son) Will (1900)
Landis, Adele M. obituary
Landis, Aimee M. obituary
Landis, Alma obituary
Landis, Dorathy A. birth
Landis, Edmund M obituary
Landis, Edmund Sr. obituary
Landis, Hannah P. obituary
Landis, John W. marriage
Landis, John W. Music Box
Landis, John W. job change
Landis, John W. obituary
Landis, Johannes will (1747)
Landis, Lee F. obituary
Landis, Nina (Mrs. James) obituary
Landis, Roland R. obituary
Landis, William W. obituary
Lowden, Jean obituary
Maher, Sarah Landis obituary
Maher, Theophile D. obituary
Mannetter, Gustav obituary
Mannetter, Louise Anna obituary
McCaughan, Archibald Will
McFarland, Alexander Will
McFarland, Charlotte obituary
McFarland, Dorathy A. obituary
McFarland, Dorathy A. WILL
McFarland, Frederick W. death cert.
name type of notice
McFarland, Martha Will
McFarland, Sara F. obituary
McFarland, Thomas F. birth
McFarland, Thomas F. marriage
McFarland, Thomas F. obituary
McFarland, William D. birth
McKay, Calvin D. obituary
McKay, Harriet E. obituary
McLaughlin, Larry L. obituary
Nenno, Gerald Nicholas obituary
Nenno, John Nicholas obituary
Nenno, Marguerite (Lynch) obituary
Nenno, Frank J. (Cap) obituary
Patterson, D.W. obituary
Potter, John V. Sr. obituary
Risdon, Edward (1773) will
Risdon, Edward (1825) will
Risdon, Joan (1829) will
Risdon, Philip (1767) will
Robinson, Maria obituary
Robinson, Mary S. obituary
Robinson, Matthew obituary
Roscoe, Wm. P. Roscoe Jr obituary
Seely, Eulalia obituary
Seely, Charles obituary
Sterrett, Lydia (Adams) obituary
Tack, Marie Marina birth
Tack, Constantinus marriage notice
Tack, Maurice boarding pass
Vermilye, Phoebe (Davids). obituary
Vermilye, Valentine M. obituary
Weir, Bessie G. obituary
Weir, James H. obituary
Weir, Marie V. obituary
Weir, Thomas A. obituary
Wilson, Elizabeth obituary
Woodward, Ino obituary
Wright, Andrew will
Wright, John will

The following two notices contributed from a family scrapbook
Landis - Cox
- In Chicago at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. & Mrs. A.M. Cox, Thursday, Jan. 4th, 1877, by the reverend Dr. Young, Mr. J. Wm. Landis and Miss Alice O. Cox, all of Chicago.
The happy couple are taking their bridal trip to Baltimore, Washington, New York, & other places east. The most cordial wishes of hosts of friends in Sandwich, will attend the bride.
The following probably from the Chicago Tribune
Landis - Cox
- Thursday, Jan. 4th, at the residence of the bride's parents, 302 Orchard st., by the reverend Dr. Young, Mr. J. William Landis and Miss Alice O. Cox, daughter of Maj. A.M. Cox.

notice: The following is likely the father of Edmund M. Landis. From the personal record of John William Landis, we know this man was born 19 Dec 1816 and died 7 May 1881. Rosehill cemetery claims he is buried there, though a small notebook of his son John William Landis (4 Sept 1887) states that John "visited father's grave" in Rhode Island (who's father?)
The following obituary printed in the Chicago Inter-Ocean Daily of 9 May 1881
This obituary located using a database of historical newspapers at the Wis. Hist. Soc.
Dr. Edmund Landis, a physician of twenty years' practice in this city, died Saturday morning at his late residence, No. 167 Howe Street, of Bright's disease, aged 64 years. Dr. Landis was born in Lancaster, Pa., Dec. 19, 1816; studied medicine under Dr. John L. Atlee, was a co-student with Dr. Washington Atlee, and was a graduate of Pennsylvania College. He practiced in Baltimore for twenty years, but removed to Chicago in 1860. From the time of his graduation till his prostration by sickness, a period of over forty-three years, he sedulously practiced his profession. His life work was a labor of love, and his life one of usefulness and benevolence. A man of recognized skill, of sound judgement and discretion, he had the esteem of the community, while his unvarying kindness and uniformly cheerful disposition made him loved by his patients. A firm believer in evangelical religion, he was a sincere and devoted Christian. He will be widely missed.
The funeral will take place from his late residence Monday at 2 P.M.
The following less informative printed in the Chicago Inter-Ocean Daily of 10 May 1881

The funeral of Dr. Edmund Landis, whose death occurred last Saturday, took place yesterday afternoon from No. 167 Howe Street, the late residence of the deceased. About the velvet covered coffin were many fragrant tributes.
The funeral service was opened by a hymn, which was followed with prayer by the Rev. H.M. Collison, pastor of the Fullerton Avenue Presbyterian Church, the sanctuary attended by Dr. Landis prior to his death.
The sermon was delivered by the Rev. Jeremiah Porter, who is said to have preached for the first sermon ever delivered in Chicago. He sought to comfort the bereaved family, who had been so suddenly deprived of a husband and father. The deceased had been, he said, an honest and faithful adherent of Christianity during his lifetime, and this should be a source of great comfort to his sorrow-stricken family, whom he asked the Lord to comfort in their bereavement. Jesus would comfort them as he comforted Martha and Mary, by saying, "Thy beloved will rise again," but it would not be until the day of resurrection.
After the solemn services were concluded, the remains were followed to their last resting place, Roshill cemetary. The pall bearers were Mssrs. Rappley, Ellinwood, Davis, Oberne, Sievestson, and Dr. Simpson.

LANDIS - Hannah P. Landis, Jan. 4, age 81, of pneumonia, mother of Dr. Edmund M. and Roland R. and J.W. Landis. Funeral Sunday at 2 p.m., Jan. 6 from the residence of her son, 1115 N. Clark St. Burial private. Friends invited. Baltimore papers copy. (hand dated 1901)

The following copy of Hannah's death certificate was obtained on 18 February 2003. The above obituary is probably from the Chicago Tribune.
The (Chicago) Inter-Ocean Daily was searched from 1 January to 12 January 1901 without finding an obituary or burial notice.

- Registration Number 59-244-13
State of Illinois
Cook County
1. Name of deceased: Landis P. Hannah
2. Place of death: N. Clark St.       Date of death : January 4, 1901         7 30 PM
3. Address of Decesaed: 25 Ward
4. Name of Hospital of Institution : ________________(blank)_______________
5. Sex : FEMALE       Race : WHITE
6. Date of Birth : _______(blank)______     Age : 81 Years     Birthplace : Providence, R.I.
7. Occupation : ________________(blank)_______________
8. Father's name : ________________(blank)_______________
9. Mother's Maiden name : ________________(blank)_______________
10. Cause of Death : EPIDEMIC INFUENZA ( misspelled), COMP. PNEUMONIA
Interval Between Onset and Death: 14 days
11. Date signed : January 4, 1901         (name printed) JOHN BARTLETT M.D.
12. Deposition :   Burial     Removal     Cremation
Cemetery :   Rose Hill                    
Location : _________(blank)______
13. (Funeral Director) Firm Name : Fred Kianer
Address : _________(blank)______
Filed : January 9, 1901     ________(initials) _______ Local Registrar

Vital Record of Rhode Island vol 21 page 518 (deaths) by James Arnold, reads
"Matthew Robinson, Esq [died] at South Kingstown American of December 6, 1825" (newspaper Providence American);
volume 19 page 96 gives Matthew's death as 30 Nov 1825 (newspaper Providence Patriot).
The following appeared in the Providence R.I. Republican, dated 8 December 1825,
Image on the right from a historical newspaper database at the Wisconsin Historical Society
Top three obituaries deleted

At South Kingstown, William Babcock, Esq.,
-- Matthew Robinson, Esq.

The following appeared in the Providence R.I. Cadet and Statesman, 12 January 1828,
Image on the right from a historical newspaper database at the Wisconsin Historical Society

In this town, on Wednesday morning, after a protracted illness, Mrs. Mary S. Robinson, wife of the late Matthew Robinson, Esq. of South Kingston, in the 44th year of her age.

The following obituary from the Rhode Island Republican printed 6 May 1834
Image on the right from a historical newspaper database at the Wisconsin Historical Society
obituary of Mrs. Sylvia D'Wolf deleted

At Baltimore on the 23d ult., Miss Maria P. Robinson, eldest daughter of the late Mr. Matthew Robinson, of South Kingstown, aged 27 years


Landis - J.W. Landis, July 22, 1921, Lombard, Ill., beloved father of William W. Landis and Mrs. Louise Allyn of Delevan, Wis. Funeral Saturday, Jult 23. Burial at Rosehill.

A 1¢ postcard postmarked Chicago Dec 23 at 8 PM of 1886, to the front side of which is pasted a newspaper clipping "THE MORNING NEWS, SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25, 1886." and addressed to "J W Landis Esq-- 2542 Cologne St. City". On the message side of the postcard is written

J W Landis, Chicago, Dec 20/86
Dear Sir
We have tried to notify you that you are the possessor of the music Box we were to give some customer as a Christmas present - We believe you are the lucky party. Please call for same as we are short of help through sickness. Please bring some nickels with you.
C.W. Lapham (handwriting unclear, but see below)

Immediately below is this newspaper notice; See photo


The magnificent music box that for some time has been on exhibition at C.W. Lapham's shoe store at 329 Madison st., and for which each person who purchased $1.50 worth of shoes received a numbered ticket, was won by J.W. Landis, a s. Water-st. lumber merchant, living at 2542 Cologne St., the number being 6375.

Newspaper notice:

J.W. Landis has resigned his position as local manager for the Wisconsin Valley Lumber Company, in this city, and accepted a like position - with the addition of an interest in the business - with the Watkins & Fuller Lumber company of Chicago, to take effect on or about the 10th of January. Mr. and Mrs. Landis have been among us only about a year, but during that time have made many friends, all of whom enter a protest against their removal from our midst. The best wishes, however, will accompany them to their home in Chicago.

A notice that "Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Cox have returned home Monday from their bridal trip. Lon says, 'it's business now', especi..." (the notice is not complete). "H.A. Cox" is named as brother to Alice in Ella's obituary. "Lon" is apparently a nickname for "Henry Alonzo Cox". In the Weir album, at about age 10, he is identified as "Lonny"

The following from the Chicago Tribune of Thursday 10 March 1927. Issues of Sandwich newspapers for this date are missing from libraries, but a much more elaborate obituary was published in the Sandwich Free Press (below)
Cox - Henry A. Cox March 9, at his residence, 4541 Magnolia Av. Beloved husband of Fannie Cox, fond father of Martha E. Cox. Funeral Services Friday, 1 p.m. at Sandwich, Illinois ; remains at chapel, 3176 N. Clark St.
The following was published in the Sandwich Free Press, copied here from an old scrap book saved by the family of John Potter in Whte Sulphur Springs, Montana, since transferred to sister Laura McMillan of Lewistown, Montana
REMAINS LAID TO REST FRIDAY (handwritten : "Died Mch 16 - 1927") The body of Henry Alonzo Cox , an account of whose death appeared in the Free Press of last week, was brought to Sandwich on the morning train from Chicago last Friday and taken to the Burkhart Funeral Home, where the funeral service was conducted by Dr. Lewis. The burial was at Oak Ridge (handwritten: "Mch - 18 - 27")
Mr. Cox was born in Sandwich sixty-seven years ago last month. In his early manhood he was in the grocery business here. About thirty-five years ago he went to Chicago and was a salesman for many years of a wholesale grocery house. About ten years ago he began working for the Chicago Tribune and remained with them until his death, which occured suddenly on Wednesday of last week.
On January 18, 1886 he was united in marriage to Francis Hummel, a daughter of Mr. J.M. Hummel of this city. One daughter, Martha was born to them, who with Mrs. Cox survive him.

State of Illinois - Standard Certificate of Death - No. 6007153
Place of death: 4543 Magnolia Ave., Cook County
Full name: Henry A. Cox, 4543 Magnolia Ave
Name of Spouse: Fannie Cox
Date and place of Birth: February 5, 1860, in Sandwich, Illinois
Age: 67 years, 1 month, 4 days
Occupation: Clerk, employed with the Chicago Tribune
Name and birthplace of father: Albert M. Cox, born New York, N.Y.
Name and birthplace of mother: Emaline, born in Virginia
Informant: Fannie Cox, 4543 Magnolia Ave
Date of death: March 9th 1927 ; this certificate filed 10 March 1927
Cause of death: Organic Heart Disease

The following obituary from Ken Bastian, probably from a Sandwich (Illinois) paper. The search was motivated by the discovery that Fannie Cox was buried at Oak Ridge. Fannie's husband, Henry A. Cox, died in March 1927, and it is not clear why she is called "Mrs. Frank Cox" here.

The many friends of Mrs. Frank Hummel Cox were surprised to learn of her death which occurred Sunday, January 5, 1930 in Chicago. Mrs. Cox is the daughter of J.M. Hummel, of this city, and as well known here. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Burkhart Funeral Home with Dr. J.M. Lewis in charge.
The deceased was born October 2, 1865 on the farm and was the daughter of J.M. and Martha Hummel. On January 1, 1886 she was married to H.A. Cox. She leaves one daughter, Martha J. Cox, who has been with the Chicago Tribune for 15 years ; four brothers, Harry, Howard, Ivan, and John ; three sisters, Mrs. Gladys Davis, Mrs. Lucille Miller, and Mrs. Layard Thorpe as well as her father.

The following two obituaries were part of a scrapbook maintained by John William Landis (brother of the deceased). The original sources and dates are not known. The first obituary claims Edmund M. Landis had 2 daughters, but it appears that he instead had one daughter (Ida Mary)
and one son (Edmund Robinson). The obituary of Edmund's wife Aimee mentions no children, but Ida's obituary mentions 3 sons.

Dr. Edmund M. Landis died yesterday of pneumonia at his home, 1115 N. Clark street, at the age of 56 years. He was one of the best known of Chicago's practitioners. His father was also a physician. Dr. Landis served as a soldier in the civil war and was a member of the Hancock post of the Grand Army of the Republic. He leaves a widow and two daughters. The funeral services will be held at the family residence tomorrow, and interment will take place at 2 p.m. at Rosehill cemetery.
LANDIS - DR. EDMUND M. LANDIS entered into rest Sunday Dec 14, aged 56 years. Funeral from late residence, 1115 N. Clark - st., Tuesday Dec 16 at 2 p.m., to Rosehill cemetery. (hand-dated "1902")

The following from the Chicago Tribune of Saturday 25 November 1922
BLAIR - Ida Landis Blair Suddenly Nov 24. Beloved mother of Clyde S. Jr., Landis and Calvin Edmund Blair, daughter of Mrs. E.M. Landis, sister of Edmund R. Landis. Services at chapel, 1353-5 N. Clark St. Monday Nov. 27 at 10 a.m.; interment Rosehill cemetery.

State of Illinois - Standard Certificate of Death - No. 6028105
Place of death: 6653 Newgard Ave., Cook County
Full name: Ida Landis Blair, 6653 Newgard Ave
Marital Status: Divorced
Date and place of Birth: October 16, 1885, in Chicago, Illinois
Age: 37 years, 1 month, 8 days
Name and birthplace of father: Edmund Landis, born Baltimore, Md.
Name and birthplace of mother: Alma Moore, born Chilicothe, Ohio
Informant: Edmund R. Landis, 845 Cusant Place
Date of death: November 24th 1922 ; this certificate filed 26 November 1922
Cause of death: Asphyxiation due to inhaling illuminating gas. Suicide while in a despondent frame of mind.

The following from the Chicago Tribune of Friday 13 January 1956, a full paid obituary rather than the more common "death notice". Clyde S. Blair is buried at Rosehill Cemetery, Chicago, in a family plot (Sec 103, lot 89) containing the following additional Blairs (with burial dates) : Samuel (19 Jan 1892), Phoebe (12 Aug 1926), Ruth (15 April 1979 ), Calvin (18 April 1986), La Vergne (5 Jan 1988), and May June (Blair) Hussey (24 June 1970, sister to Clyde S. Sr.).
Clyde S. Blair - Clyde S. Blair, 72, of 180 Wagner St., Northfield, advertising salesman for Popular Mechanics magazine for 49 years, died yesterday at Deerfield Beach, Fla., where he was vacationing. Before he joined the magazine's staff, he was on the advertising staffs of The Chicago Tribune, the old Record-Herald,, Examiner, and the Evening American - Sunday Examiner. Surviving him are his widow, Ruth ; and four sons : Calvin, of the Chicago Sun-Times advertising staff ; Clyde Jr., Landis, and Gordon, of the popular Mechanics advertising staff.

The following from the Canton (Ohio) Repository of Saturday 19 April 1986
Calvin E. Blair
Calvin E. Blair, age 72, of North Canton, passed away Friday morning in Aultman following a brief illness. Born in Winnetka, IL., he had been a resident of the North Canton area for the past six years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army Air Corps. He was a retired employee of the Chicago Sun Times Newspaper, retiring in 1976 after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Survivors include his wife, La Vergne Blair, of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Joan) Manahan of North Canton; brother Gordon Blair of Northfield, Il.; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. There will be no calling hours or services. His body will be cremated and the ashes interred in Chicago, Il. The Reed Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Stark County Heart & Lung Assoc. (Reed 477-6721)

Ohio Department of Health - Certificate of Death - State File No. 039947 - Registrar's No. 589
Decedent name: Calvin E. Blair, 5253 Frank Rd. N.W., North Canton, Ohio
Date of Birth: March 21, 1914
Date of Death: April 18, 1986 (cremated on 21 April 1986)
Age: 72 years
Hospital: Aultman Hospital (Inpatient)
Origin or Descent: Scotch/Irish (Soc. Sec. No. given)
Has deceased ever served in U.S. Armed forces?: Yes (details not given)
Occupation: Advertising (Newspaper)
Maiden Name of Spouse: La Vergne Irwin
Name of father: Clyde S. Blair
Maiden Name of mother: Ida Landis
Informant: Mrs. LaVergne Blair, 5253 Frank Rd. N.W., North Canton, Ohio 44720
Cause of death: Disseminated Intro-vascular coagulation, and infected hip prothesis (other info stated)
Funeral Firm: Reed Funeral Home, 705 Raff Rd. S.W., Canton, Ohio, 44720

The following from the Schrader Funeral Home dated 5 July 1994, later in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The burial was at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in South St. Louis, Missouri
Craig Blair served in the Korean War from 28 March 1952 to 27 March 1954, service no. 17341147
Blair, Craig Frederick, Sr., Saturday, July 2, 1994. Beloved Husband of Henriette Blair (nee Fischer). Dear Father of Karen (John) Thompson, Craig, Jr. (Carla), and Andrew Blair; Grandfather of Cailyn and Lacy Blair, Son of Ethel Blair, Brother of Clyde Blair and Ethel Smith. Dear Uncle and Friend.
Memorial Service at Eliot Unitarian Chapel, 216 E. Argonne, Kirkwood, Friday 11:00 am. Interment private. A service of Schrader Funeral Home.

The following from the Chicago Tribune of Saturday 16 October 1926
LANDIS - Alma Landis Oct 15 Beloved wife of the late Dr. Edmund M. Landis, mother of Edmund R. Landis. Services at chapel, 1353-5 N. Clark St. Monday Oct. 18, 2 p.m.; interment Rosehill cemetery.

LANDIS - Roland R., of Chicago, at Sandwich, Ill., Sept. 5. Funeral Monday, Sept. 7, at 12:30 o'clock, to Rosehill cemetery. (hand-dated "1903")
Found by Ken Bastion of Sandwich, emailed by Barbara Hoffman
R.R. Landis

R.R.Landis, who has been in ill health for some time at the home of his father-in-law, Major A.M. Cox, died Saturday morning, September 5,1903, at the age of 52 years, ten months and ten days, of Bright's disease (same disease killed Henry S. Davids and Edmund Landis, Sr.). Mr. Landis was born October 26,1850. When 28 years of age, he was married to Miss Ella Cox. To them was born one daughter, Nellie, who, with her mother survives him. One brother also survives him.

In early life Mr. Landis studied for the ministry, but failing health compelled him to give up his profession. He entered business life and later the law. A man highly respected for his sterling qualities of character, loved by freinds, but most of all by a devoted wife and dutiful daughter. For many years they were connected with the Congregational Church at Hinsdale and upon their removal, united with the 41st Street Presbyterian Church of Chicago.

The funeral services were held Monday morning at the home of Mr. Cox, the remains being taken to Rose Hill Cemetary, Chicago, for interment. The services at Sandwich were conducted by Rev. A.R. Bickenbach

The following from Carroll Flood's old Landis Scrapbook, probably from the Chicago Tribune
LANDIS - MRS. ELLA, widow of Roland R. Landis, mother of Nellie Landis and sister of Alice Landis Adams and Henry A. Cox. Funeral Saturday, Jan. 6, 1 p.m. from the late residence, 4313 Prairie av. Burial private. (hand-dated "1/3/12")

Adams - Alice L. Adams, March 24, Washington Park Hospital, dearly beloved mother of Louise Landis Allyn of Delavan, Wis., and William W. Landis of St. Paul, Minn., interment Wednesday, March 26, 3 p.m. at Delevan, Wis.
From Delavan Republican dated 27 March 1924; contributed by W. Gordon Yadon from the Delavan cemetery where J.P. Allyn is also buried. Alice Adams was born "Alice Louise Cox", became "Alice Landis" with marriage to John William Landis. After her divorce from John William Landis, Alice probably kept the surname "Landis" , and in this case, the surname "Adams" (above and below) would be an error. Alice's sister Marie married Walter Adams.
Mrs. Alice L. Adams, mother of Mrs. J.P. Allyn of this city, passed away at the Washington Park Hospital in Chicago, Monday morning following a brief illness. Mrs. Allyn and William Landis were with their mother during her illness and death.

Mrs. Adams was known to many in Delavan where she spent the summer months at The Highland, Delavan Lake. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. J.P. Allyn of this city, one son, William Landis of St. Paul, and two grandchildren, Josephine Allyn and Dorothy Landis [ spelled by Mr. Yadon "Dorothy" rather than "Dorathy"]

The body arrived in Delavan, Wednesday afternoon on the 2:35 train, accompanied by Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Allyn and Mr. and Mrs. William Landis. Burial services were conducted at the Mausoleum by Rev. Doane Up-john of Christ Episcopal church.

From Sandwich Free Press dated 7 May 1903 Reel #20, courtesy of historian Ken Bastian
The entire community was startled and saddened last Sunday, May 3, 1903, by the news of the sudden illness and death of Mrs. A.M. Cox, of this city. She had been in precarious health for a year or more, but was still able to attend to many of the lighter duties of the household. After rising she ate an unusually hearty breakfast and seemed in better spirits than usual. While at the table she began reading in the Chicago Tribune of that morning a pathetic little poem and handed it to her husband to finish. [See "Which One" below] Soon after Mr. Cox went to the barn to attend to his horse and returning found her unconscious on the floor. She never regained consciousness, but passed painlessly away about 5 o'clock that same evening.
The deceased was born at Fishkill, N.Y. [see brother's obituary above] on April 2, 1825, and at the time of her death had exceeded 77 years by one day. Her maiden name was Emiline Davids [3rd letter as printed here]. She was descended from one of the leading families of that place. She was married to A.M. Cox on October 7, 1846, and was his faithful wife over 56 years. There were in all six children, two of which died in infancy.

[Jim Downey (in April 2005) names three lost infants as: Samuel Dodge Cox, Albert Garret Cox, and Oscar. Mary "Dodge" was Emeline's mother-in-law].

The four surviving are Mrs. W.G. Adams, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Mrs. R.R. Londis [2nd letter as printed here], and Mrs. Alice Londis, Chicago, and H.A. Cox, Oak Park, Ill. There are also seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two years after their marriage they moved to Virginia and soon after to Newark, Ill. Thence they came to Sandwich where they have resided many years and are accounted among its earliest citizens.
She soon became a member of the Presbyterian church. There are few of those left who received her into their Christian fellowship. These will bear loving witness to her fidelity and usefulness. Unusually attractive in her appearance and manner, bright and cheerful in disposition, of which she retained much to the last; of a genial and social nature, she was highly esteemed in a large social circle. She, with her sister, Mrs. Dr. V. Vermilye, who preceded her to the better world many years ago, will not be soon forgotten.
The funeral was held from the family residence Tuesday at 2 p.m., Rev. A.R. Bickenbach conducting the service. There was a large attendance of her old friends who sincerely mourne her departure.
Those in attendance at the funeral from out of town were, Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Adams of Fort Wayne, Indiana; Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Cox and Martha; Miss Alice Landis, Miss Louise Landis, Mrs. R.R. Landis, Mrs. Edgerton [Charlotte Davids], Mrs. Galloway of Chicago; Master W. Landis of Racine, Wis.; W.N. Adams, Mrs. W.S. Sterrett [Lydia Adams] and children, Marseilles.
[Following is a poem she began reading at the breakfast table on the day of her death, and which greatly impressed her:]

Which One?

One of us, dear - but one -
Will sit by a bed with a marvelous fear, and clasp a hand
Growing cold as it feels for the spirit land - Darling, which one?
One of us, dear - but one -
Will stand by the other's coffin bier, and look and weep,
While those marble lips strange silence keep, asking which one?
One of us, dear - but one -
By an open grave will drop a tear, and homeward go,
The anguish of an unshared grief to know - Darling which one?
One of us, Darling, it must be
It may be you will slip from me,
Or perhaps my life may first be done - Darling, which one?
--Isaac Hinton Brown

Probably from Sandwich Free Press, dated 4 April 1904
Outside of the family and a few intimate friends, the death of Major Cox, as he was familiarly known, at Sandwich this morning was sad and sudden news, but few knowing of his illness. Only last week he was upon the streets apparently enjoying the best of health for one of his years. His death removes one of the oldest residents and business men of Sandwich.
Albert Montfort Cox was born at New York City, July 28, 1822, and died in Sandwich April 28, 1904, aged 81 years and nine months. Here he grew to manhood and spent his life until his marriage and removal to Virginia. He became thoroughly educated in the grocery business which avocation he followed until forced to retire.
He was married to Miss Emiline Davids October 7, 1846. To them were given six children, two dying in infancy, four surviving him, Mrs. W.G. Adams of Jackson, Michigan; Mrs. Ella Landis, and Mrs. Alice Landis and H.A. Cox, of Chicago, all of whom were here at the time of his death. There are also seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Two years after their marriage, in 1848, they moved to the old state of Virginia and a few months afterewards came to the new west, making their home in Newark, Illinois, for some time. Later they came to Sandwich, then just a little hamlet, where he has since resided, an honored and respected citizen.
Ever since coming to Sandwich to make his home he has been closely identified with the business and social interests of the city. He was kind and courteous at all times. Wherever known and in all his business relations he was recognized as a man of honesty, integrity and uprightness. For years he was a traveling salesman for the big grocery house of McNeil & Higgins of Chicago, a position he gave up to care for his wife during her last illness. Much of the time since the death of his beloved wife, May 3, 1903, he has lived at the Sandwich House. Some few days ago he caught a severe cold and was compelled to go to bed and from that hour began to grow steadily weaker until twenty minutes after four this morning he peacefully passed away. The funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at the residence of his grandson Al Adams [probably Albert Adams, son of Marie E. Cox], conducted by Rev. A.R. Bickenbach of the Presbyterian Church of which the deceased had long been a devout member. The interment will be in the family lot at Oak Ridge.

The 1880 census, city of Sandwich, Illinois, 17th June 1880, Pg. 224 (- 1101 -),
showing Emeline Cox and her daughter Marie (Mary) E. as neighbors. In the margin of a copy of
this census page supplied by Barbara Hoffman of Sandwich is written "4th St".
Also see 1860 Census data for this family.
dwelling family name age relation occupation birthplace
80 499 Adams Walter 30   yard master Ill
80 499 Adams Mary E 29 wife kh Va
80 499 Adams Lydia 9 dau   Ill
80 499 Adams Vrnie 6 son   Ill
80 499 Adams Albert 3 son   Ill
80 499 Amalong Alvina 17 servant   Ill
81 500 Cox Albert M. 52   grocer N.Y.
81 500 Cox Emeline 49 wife kh N.Y.

Sandwich, Ill. Feb 8 - Chief Engineer Henry S. Davids of the United States Navy, on the retired list, died at the home of his sister, Mrs. A.M. Cox, in this city this morning.
Henry S. Davids was born at Fishkill-on-the-Hudson, N.Y., April 4, 1839, and entered the United States Navy at Norfolk, Va., when about 18 years of age. He was in South America at the beginning of the war, but, returning home, was in active duty the entire period of the war. After the close of the rebellion he was stationed for a number of years at Mare Island, California - until, about five years ago, he was placed on the retired list, owing to ill health. He leaves one daughter in good circumstances to mourne his death.
(hand dated 1888, Chicago Tribune; see sister's obituary below)

From Sandwich Free Press, prepared by Kenneth Bastian, re-typed by Barbara Hoffman. Mrs. Hoffman notes that the name "Charlotta" is spelled correctly, in both obituaries below. The above obituary and that below give different dates of birth (1829 vs 1839).

Mr.Henry S Davids died, in this city, at the residence of his sister, Mrs.A.M.Cox, on Wednesday, February 8,1888. He was born at Fishkill, NY, April 5, 1829. He entered the Naval Service of the US at the age of eighteen, and continued in the active discharge of his duties until about five years ago, when he retired from active service on account of failing health. During these more than twenty five years of his service in the department of engineers of the Navy, his first aim was to perfect him self in his profession, and to this he added wide general reading and the observation of an acute and well trained mind. To those who were so fortunate as to know him, he impressed himself as a thorough gentleman, a man of rare attainments, and a genial and engaging conversationalist. His motherless daughter, Charlotta, and his sister, Mrs.Cox, the sole survivor of his father's family, have the sympathy of all, in this bereavement.
From a Sandwich newspaper, part of a scrapbook saved by the Potter family, kept by Laura McMillan of Lewiston, Montana in October 2005

In Sandwich, at the residence of his sister, Mrs. A.M. Cox, Wednesday morning, Feb. 8th, 1888, Hennry S. Davids, aged 48 years, 10 months, and 4 days.

The deceased was born at Fishkill on the Hudson, April 4th, 1829. The family afterwards removed to Norfolk, Virginia, where he began his studies to prepare for the place of engineer in the navy. He entered the service at the age of 18 and rapidly rose through the various grades to the rank of Chief Engineer. In this service, he visited all the leading ports and countries of the world. His knowledge of the various countries, their people and resources was varied, accurate and extensive, and we have never met a man more entertaining and instructive in conversation. He was a gentleman of the highest culture and the most pleasing manners and was fitted to adorn the most cultivated society. He was stationed at South American ports when the war broke out when he was called back and entered active service in the navy during the rebellion. He was stationed at Sitka, Alaska, when it was purchased and annexed to the United States. His wife died in Asia, about 10 years ago, leaving a daughter, Charlotta (spelled as here, not "Charlotte"), then about three years of age.

Since the war he was stationed much of the time at Mare's Island Navy Yard near San Francisco. He came here to visit his sister last fall in feeble health and had been slowly declining until Wednesday morning just as the sun was rising in the east he passed suddenly and peacefully away. There were in all of the family, three sons and three daughters. G.B. Davids, of Baltimore, a noted civil engineer and draughtsman who died suddenly in Baltimore about two years ago. Oscar, chief engineer in the Navy died at Norfolk several years since.

Phoebe Ann, wife of Dr. V. Vermilye, of this city died about 12 years since. Mrs. Henrietta Andrews who died suddenly while visiting her brothers in Baltimore, about two years ago.

Emaline (spelled as here, not "Emeline"), wife of Major A.M. Cox is the only one of the family now remaining. The funeral will be held from the residence of Mr. Cox to-day, (Friday) at 1 P,M.

Memorial biography, US government Circular No. 5, Series of 1888, Whole No. 177, contributed by Barbara Hickey of Montana in July 2011. Original image

Headquarters Commandery of the State of California

San Francisco, February 10th, 1888

Circular No. 5, Series of 1888, Whole No. 177



Chief Engineer U.S. Navy (retired)

Wednesday, February 8th, 1888.

HENRY STEPHEN DAVIDS was born in Dutchess County, New York, April 4th, 1838.
His record of service is as follows:
He entered the U.S. Navy from Virginia as Third Assistant Engineer August 26, 1859, and served on board the "Water Witch", Gulf Squadron, October, 1859, to April, 1860; and on the "Dakotah", East India Squadron, until January, 1852. He was promoted to Second Assistant Engineer January 6, 1862, and served on the "San Jacinto", North Atlantic and Gulf Squadrons until October, 1863. Promoted to First Assistant Engineer October 11, 1863, and placed on special duty in New York City until March, 1864. Served on board the "Mohican", North Atlantic Squadron, until November, 1865. On special duty at Boston until August, 1866. On board "Pensacola" during the voyage to the Pacific, and until September, 1867. On board the "Ossippee", Pacific Squadron, until June, 1869. Special duty at Mare Island, Cal., until promotion to Chief Engineer March 5, 1871. On leave of absence until October, 1871. On board "Saranac", Pacific Squadron, until December, 1874. Special Duty at Mare Island, Cal., until July, 1877. On board the "Monongahela", East India Squadron, until August, 1879. Waiting orders until September, 1881. Rendevous duty at San Francisco until April, 1882. Special duty at Mare Island until December, 1882. On sick leave until June 7, 1884, when he was retired from active service on account of incapacity, resulting from long and faithful service.

During the War of the Rebellion he participated in the second action with the rebel iron-clad "Merrimac"; was at capture of Fort Fisher and Wilmington, N.C.; took part in desultory fighting on the James and Savannah rivers, at Charleston, S.C., and Beaufort, N.C.; and was engaged in blockade duty off various ports, during which he assisted in the capturee of three prizes.

During an honorable career of twenty-six years on the active list in the Navy, he spent nearly thirteen years in sea service, nearly nine years on shore duty, and was unemployed about four years.

He was elected a companion of the First Class of this Commandery, No. 199, August 8, 1883. Insignia No. 2856.

While the health of our deceased Companion has not been very good for some time past, yet his death was quite sudden and unexpected, and casts a gloom over the Commandery.

We mourn the death of Companion DAVIDS, and regret that an honorable life has been brought to a close; and to his relatives we extend the right hand of sympathy.

The Commandery of the State of California,
W.R. Smedberg,
Bvt. Lieut. Col. U.S. Army, Recorder

From Sandwich Free Press, indexed by Kenneth Bastian as 1939.09.01, evidently dated 1939.

Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Sutherland Funeral Home for Mrs. G.H. Edgerton, who on Wednesday, September 13, 1939 [died] at the Woodward Memorial Hospital. The Rev. Thomas McGregor of Kings, former pastor M. Ogilvie sang "The Touch of His Hand on Me".
Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, pallbearers being Ray Minnich, M.E. Lake, Clarence Miller, R.L. Sidford, Albert Gengler, and Nels Nelson.
Charlotte Judd Davids was born on April 27, 1875 at Mare Island, Navy Yard, CA, to Mr. and Mrs. Henry S. Davids. At three years of age, her mother died of cholera at Shanghai, China. She attended boarding school until the death of her father nine years later.
After the death of her father she made her home with Walter Adams of Racine, WI, where she attended the public schools and Racine College.
In 1894 she was married to James McKay, who died several years later. To this union was born one son, Calvin of Evanston, Ill. In 1900 she was married to Dr. George H. Edgerton. Three children were born to this union: Emmett of Sandwich, Mrs. Florence Purkey of Pearl City [Illinois], and Mrs. Charlotte Lane of Creve Couer [Illinois].
From 1894 till 1910 Mrs. Edgerton made her home in Chicago and Oak Park, coming to Sandwich in 1920 where she resided until her death. Her husband preceded her in death in November 1937.
Her illness covered a period of two years and the last several weeks she was a patient at the Woodward Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Edgerton had been a member of the Presbyterian Church in Sandwich since 1910, and was an active member of the W.C.T.U.

Prepared by Kenneth Bastian, coded 1995.10.06

Charlotte Rachel Jandt, 82, of Hinckley, passed away Saturday, October 14, 1995 at home. She was born January 19, 1913 in Sandwich, the daughter of George Harrison [Edgerton] and Charlotte (Davids) Edgerton.
She was united in marriage January 28, 1950 to Howard H. Jandt.
Mrs. Jandt was a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Hinckley, as well as a member of the Church Guild. She was formerly employed as a tailor at Sycamore Coats for many years. Charlotte's pleasant and caring ways will always be remembered by her family.
Survivors include two sons, William H. (Sherry) Jandt of Winter, Wis., and Edward R. (Dot) Jandt of Spicer, Minn.; four grandchildren, Shawn (Allen) Dyer or Greeley, Colo., Kathy (Jim) Becker of Iowa City, Iowa, Melissa (Pete) Fourt of Rhinelander, Wis., and Kim (Mark) Hast of Guyman, Oklahoma; nine great-grandchildren; and a brother, Emmett Edgerton of Sandwich.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Howard, and a sister, Florence Purkey.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 1995 at 10 AM at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Hinckley with Reverend Kate Feeney- Bastian officiating. Interment will be at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich.
Friends may call Tuesday, October 17, 1995 from 4 to 7 PM at the Nash-Nelson Memorial Chapel, 141 N. Maple St. in Hinckley.
Arrangements by the Nelson Funeral Homes, Phone 815-286-3247.

From Sandwich Free Press, prepared by Kenneth Bastian, coded 1996.10.07.

George Emmett Edgerton, 90, of Sandwich, died Tuesday, October 8, 1996 at Dogwood Health Care Center, Sandwich. He was born February 19, 1906 in Oak Park, Ill., the son of George and Charlotte Edgerton.
George was united in marriage to Della Boers on October 11, 1940 in Sandwich. He was retired from All-Steel, formerly in Aurora, where he was employed as a draftsman. George was a member of the Federated Church, Sandwich.
Survivors include his wife, Della, of Sandwich; two neices, Mary Schneider of Elmhurst and Jane (Bruce) Falconer of St. Louis, MO.
He was preceded in death by a half brother, Calvin McKay, and two sisters, Charlotte Jandt and Florence Purkey.
Funeral services for George were held on Saturday, October 12 at Burkhart Funeral Home, Sandwich, with Rev. Robert Dell officiating. Burial was in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich. Visitation was prior to the funeral service at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made in George's name to the Federated Church, 403 N. Main Street, Sandwich, Ill. 60548.

From Sandwich Free Press, prepared by Kenneth Bastian, coded 2000.02.07.

Delia Boers Edgerton, 82, of Sandwich, died Friday, February 11, 2000 at Dogwood Health Care Center, Sandwich. She was born February 18, 1917 in Hinckley, the daughter of William F. and Alberta (Suppers) Boers.
She was united in marriage to George E. Edgerton on October 11, 1940 in Sandwich. She was a member of the Federated Church, Sandwich.
Survivors include her twin sister, Frieda Sears of Elmhurst, two nieces, Mary Schneider of Elmhurst, and Jane (Bruce) Falconer of St. Louis, MO., one great neice and two great nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, George, on October 8, 1996.
Private graveside services were held at Oak Ridge Cemetery, Sandwich. Rev. Kenneth Ritchie officiated. There was no visitation.
Memorials may be made in Delia's name to the Federated Church, 403 North Main Street, Sandwich, Ill. 60548.

Probably from Sandwich Free Press, prepared by Kenneth Bastian on 5/16/97. A list of deaths sent to me (prepared by Kenneth Bastian) states that Albert's son Ralph Crofoot Adams died on 3-7-52, his father Walter G. Adams was born July 1848 and died December 1919, and Albert's wife Clara appears buried with him in Sandwich. Also see Albert's home ?

of Riverside died in the Berwyn Hospital on October 23, 1955. His body was brought here for burial in the family lot at Oak Ridge Cemetery last Wednesday.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Clara Crofoot Adams, one daughter, Mrs. J.K. Lowden of Riverside, and five grandchildren. A son, Ralph, who was a major in the Air Force in the last war was killed when his plane went down in the Alps.
Mr. Adams is survived by one brother, Vincent, who is living with a daughter in Old Greenwich, CT. A sister, Mrs. Lydia Sterritt, preceded him in death.
Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Johnson of Aurora and Mrs. Hazel Thompson of Dixon and her son Dwight of Princeton were here for the burial services.
Rev. Arthur Christoferson of the Congregational Church conducted the graveside services at Oak Ridge cemetery.
Mr. Adams was a cousin of Miss Florence Adams and Mrs. May Wallace.

From the LaGrange Citizen (suburban Chicago), dated 10 September 1975

A graveside service conducted by the Reverend Kenneth Young was held September 9 at the Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, Illinois, for Clara (Mrs. Albert) Adams, a resident of Riverside, who died September 7 at the Royal Oaks Nursing Home in Oak Park. She was 99 years of age.
Mrs. Adams was for many years an active member of the Portage chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
She is survived by one daughter, Jean Lowden, of North Riverside.
Arrangements were made by the Ivins Funeral Home in Riverside.

From Ken Bastians collection of Sandwich obituaries, dated 6 March 1952

A former Sandwich resident, Major Ralph Crofoot Adams of South Minneapolis, MN, was aboard the United States Air Force C-47 transport plane which crashed on a Swiss glacier March 7, 1952. The plane was en route from Madrid to Germany when it crashed near the 13,000 ft. Jungfrau Peak in the Swiss Alps.
Major Adams parents were Clara Crofoot Adams and Al Adams, both former residents of Sandwich.

From the Santa Barbara (Calif) News-Press, dated 17 July 1992. Daughter of Albert Adams

Jean Lowden, born 28 December 1910 in Oak Park, Illinois, attended Oak Park High School and Beloit College in Wisconsin, worked for Burlington Realty in Riverside, Illinois for 25 years, moved to Santa Barbara in 1981. Survivors, daughter Katherine Green of Carpinteria, California, and grandson Jason Green also of Carpinteria. Intered at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Sandwich, Illinois, in the family plot.

Probably from Sandwich Free Press, prepared by Kenneth Bastian.

Lydia Adams Starrett died Saturday, April 10, 1943 at St. Louis, MO. Her body was brought back to her native state and her home city to be laid in beautiful Oak Ridge Cemetery where several generation of her family are buried.
She was born in Sandwich and spent all her early life here. At the age of 20 she married Fred Humphrey of Berwyn. When still very young she was left a widow with her baby daughter only a few weeks old. About four years later she married Dr. William Starrett of Marseilles, IL. To them were born two daughters, Corinne and Margaret.
Mrs. Starrett was a woman whose supreme interest was in her home and family. She truly "looked well to the ways of her household." She was executive and skilled in all household arts and her devotion to those dependent upon her was gratifying and beautiful. She had few real interests outside. Her ambitions were satisfied when her husband and children realized that for which they were striving.
After Dr. Starrett's death in 1926, Mrs. Starrett broke up her home in Marseilles and spent a number of years in New York City with her daughter, Vinnette. For the last several years she has been with Corinne and Margaret in St. Louis, MO.
During this last year of failing health, her three daughters had the opportunity to return some of the love and devotion bestowed upon them throughout the years.
Mrs. Starrett leaves behind, beside her three daughters, Mrs. Oscar Nillson of New York City; Mrs. Philip Crowe and Mrs. R.W. Maule of St. Louis; two brothers, Vincent Adams of Racine, WI, and Alfred Adams of Minneapolis, MN.
Rev. Orland McKinley conducted the funeral service at the Sutherland Funeral Home Monday morning at 10 o'clock. The bearers were Truman Crowell, Lynn Haskin, Hollis Latham, Roland Brady, Emmett Edgerton, and Harry Darnell.
This obituary names Lydia's youngest brother "Alfred", but it should have been "Albert"
Sandwich Free Press, dated 1 March 1906
Passes Away at the home of her Daughter in Marseilles -- Body is brought here for Burial.
Mary Emeline Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Cox, was born in Virginia, August 15, 1850. She came with her parents to Illinois when she was about 7 years of age, living at Newark for a year or two when they moved to Sandwich. The Cox and Adams homes were near each other and the children played daily together and as young people were much in each others company. On the 8th day of June, 1868, she and Walter G. Adams were united in marriage. They began their housekeeping at Marseilles, Illinois, where they resided for five years, when they moved to Sandwich. In 1887 business connections took Mr. Adams to Racine, Wis., whither they moved, and later, after a short residence at Ft. Wayne, Indiana, they took up their residence at Jackson, Michigan, which was their home at the time of her death.
About the middle of December she with her husband came to Marseilles to spend the holidays with their children. While there she was taken with a billious attack, and a few days later was subjected to a stroke of apoplexy. For seven weeks she seemed to be on the very borderland of the other world. Nothing was left undone that had any promise of relief or help by her children and friends. Mrs. Alice Landis, a sister, was with her during her sickness and comforted and ministered to her in all possible ways. She died at the home of her daughter Monday morning, Feb. 26, aged 55 years, 6 months and 11 days.
She leaves behind her husband and many other relatives and friends, three children, Mrs. Dr. W.S. Sterritt and W. Vinton Adams of Sandwich, Ill., and two sisters, Mrs. R.R. Landis and Mrs. Alice Landis of Chicago.
She united with the Presbyterian church of Sandwich, when she was about fourteen years of age, and has been identified with that or with the Congregational church during her life. She was a devoted wife and mother and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.
Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Dr. and Mrs. Sterritt and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. W.V. Adams, John Q. Adams, Mrs. Hattie Adams, Mrs. Bessie Kline, Raymond H. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Adams, all of Marseilles; Dr. and Mrs. J.P. Houston, Mrs. Ella Landis, Mrs. Alice Landis, and H.A. Cox, all of Chicago.
The funeral services were held on Wednesday at the home of her son, Albert H. Adams, conducted by Dr. J.M. Lewis. The interment was at Oak Ridge.

Sandwich Free Press dated 11 December 1919
Walter G. Adams was born July 1848 and died December 1919.
Walter G. Adams, last but one
of Seven Brothers, Dies at Son's
Home in Racine, Wisconsin

Seventy-one years ago last July, Walter G. Adams, whose body was brought from Sandwich for burial, Monday, was born in Elgin, Illinois.
When nine years old, he came with his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Adams, and his seven brothers, to Sandwich, Illinois. Here he grew to manhood. Seven of these eight brothers, Darius, Phelps, Henry, John, Oliver, Raymond, and Walter, have now gone over to the "Better Country". Charles H. Adams of Moline, is the only one remaining. All these brothers, with their father, Augustus, founder of the Sandwich Manufacturing Company, were engaged in the farm implement business.
Walter G. Adams was associated with three brothers in the Marseilles Manufacturing Company and later was assistant superintendent of the Sandwich Manufacturing Company.
Mr. Adams married Emeline Cox, of Sandwich, June 8th, 1869. Mrs. Adams died in February, 1908. They had three children, Lydia, wife of Dr. William Sterrett [*], of Marseilles, W. Vincent Adams, of Racine, Albert H. Adams, of Oak park.
Mr. Adams, since ill health made his retirement from business necessary, made his home with his son, Vincent, of Racine. From there he went often for visits to the homes of his other children. He had their devoted and tender care always, and his declining years were made beautiful and radiant with their love.
Mr. Adams had many friends. He was kind, cheerful, optimistic, affectionate, and generous. Although in frail health for a long time Mr. Adams was confined to his bed only about 36 hours. He died of angina pectoris, and his body now lies in the family lot at Oak Ridge beside the body of his beloved wife, where are five generations of the family and the bodies of six other brothers.
Those who came from out of town to the funeral were Dr. and Mrs. Wm. Sterrett, Margaret Sterrett, of Marseilles, Vincent Humphrey, Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Adams, Ralph and Jean Adams, of Oak Park, Charles H. Adams and Herbert McKahin, of Moline.
Short services were held at the grave, conducted by Dr. J.M. Lewis.
After the burial the members of the family went to the home of Henry A. Adams, where they had dinner together and spent the time until the afternoon train came which took them home.
Here, "Sterrett" is spelled differently than in the obituaries of wife Marie Emeline Cox and son Albert H. Adams. A list of obituaries prepared by Ken Bastian names "ADAMS, Lydia *HUMPHRY *STERRETT" as dying on 10 April 1943 and gives a citation perhaps referring to the Sandwich Free Press. It is possible that "Vincent Humphrey" above is actually "Vinnette Humphrey", Lydia's daughter by Fred Humphrey.

From Ken Bastian, probably from the Free Press, Sandwich, Illinois
Augustus Adams
The Hon. Augustus Adams, in the 87th year of his age, died on Monday, October 10, 1892, after a lingering illness.

In 1833 Mr. Adams was married to Lydia A. Phelps, by whom he had eight sons, who grew to manhood, and one daughter, who died in infancy. Mrs. Adams died at Sandwich, December 14, 1867, mourned by a whole community, for none knew her but to love her. In her, the poor and sick lost their best friend. Six of the sons are living and all engaged actively in manufacturing enterprises, to which they had been trained by their father; J. Phelps and Henry A., as Secretary and Superintendent, respectively, of the Sandwich Manufacturing Co.; J. Q. and H. R. in connection with the Marseilles Manufacturing Co., and W. G. and Charles H., conducting the E. H. Pease Manufacturing Co., at Racine, WI. Of the two other sons, Darius, the oldest, died in April 1872, at Sandwich; Oliver R. at Marseilles, in December 1891.

Mr. Adams was a second time married January 13, 1809 [ the date "1809" is likely an error, perhaps corrected to "1869"] to Mrs. L. M. Mosher, who died at Sandwich, April 13, 1889. We republish from the Argus of 1879, the biography of Mr. Adams, with some slight additions.

Hon. Augustus Adams was one of our best known and most respected citizens. He was born in Genoa, Cayuga County, NY, May 10, 1806. His father at that time was engaged in an extensive business, owning and cultivating over 700 acres of land, besides which, he was an extensive merchant and stock dealer, having a capacity for management and a tireless energy which led him constantly to reach into larger operations. The retaliatory measures of congress, known as the embargo, restricting trade with foreign ports, and passed in 1796 and 1806, found Mr. Adams managing these complicated interests to which the immediate paralysis of trade proved disastrous, and as troubles seldom come unattended by kindred spirits, death entered the household, carrying off its head, leaving a large family, in which was the subject of this article, then eleven years of age. After the death of his father, he went, in the spring of 1818, to live with a brother-in-law in Geauga County, OH, then attracting a good many settlers, and being the western limit of immigration. That was a heavily timbered country, and the five and a half years he spent there, he was engaged in the heavy labor of clearing up a farm. Mr. Adams said, after the lapse of many years, the recollection even of that work gave him a chronic backache, as five and a half years of such work would be likely to do to the labor loving boys of Sandwich.

In the fall of 1824, he returned to his native town in New York state, and for the ensuing five years was engaged in working on a farm and teaching school. When 23 years of age, he commenced business for himself, and with a partner built an iron foundry, and machine shop in Chemung County, NY, about ten miles north of Elmira, on the line of the Chemung Canal, where he remained eight years, during which time that canal was constructed. About that time the "western fever" was raging extensively in that section, and he, with others suffered under a heavy attack of it. Some of his friends having been carried off with it to Aurora, and some to Elgin, he also set out for the Fox River country in the fall of 1838, traveling the whole distance with a horse and buggy, the journey occupying six weeks, and through several severe snow storms, arriving at Aurora on December 13. After spending a few days with his friends there, he went to Elgin to visit his friend, T. J. Gifford, Esq., who was the first to discover the beauties and advantages of that location and who preempted it and laid out the town which has since become famous. Here he decided to make his home and removed with his family in the fall of 1840.

In the summer of 1841, in company with Mr. James T. Gifford, he built a small iron foundry and machine shop, and engaged in the manufacture of agricultural machinery, as well as doing a general jobbing and repairing business. At that time there was no iron foundry in Chicago, or west of there in Illinois or Iowa, and customers for repairs for threshing machines etc., came from Rockford, Freeport, Galena, and other places. This was before the advent of reapers, mowers, harvesters, power corn shellers, and other improved machinery which has added immensely to the facilities for the cultivation of the soil. At that time there was scarcely a settler's cabin to be seen on the broad expanse of our "broad prairies," except around the borders of the timber, or so near as to be easily accessible to it. It had scarcely entered into the minds of the settlers then that these great prairies would be made into cultivated farms, but it was supposed that they would remain ranges for their herds of cattle. The "west" had then no railroads, telegraphs, or other means of conveying information or transporting fuel, fencing and other articles necessary in making a home on the broad expanse of these plains, excepting the farmers' teams and on a few of the leading thoroughfares, the stage coach. On these thoroughfares, the arrival of a steamboat in Chicago, bringing passengers, was generally first announced long the route, by the appearance, with the daily coach, of one and sometimes two extras. He had as little expectation at that time of seeing a railroad to Elgin as now of a telephone to the moon.

In 1845 he purchased the fine farm lying between Elgin and the insane asylum, which he sold upon his removal to Sandwich.

Mr. Adams was always an inventor, he seldom theorized, but was on the alert for practical improvements which he could develop. This led him at an early day to foresee the needs of this vast grain growing section, and to devise more perfect modes of gathering and securing its immense harvests. In carrying out his ideas on this subject, he in 1850 made the first harvester on which grain was successfully bound by men while riding on the machine. In 1852, in company with Mr. Sylla, of Elgin, they made a further improvement on the harvester, making it a combined harvesting and mowing machine, and this went successfully into use as the Sylla & Adams machine. Although later improvements have added materially to the perfect working, and consequently the value of the harvester, yet the Sylla & Adams machine contained all the essential features, and covered by its patents all the principal parts of the harvesters now in use.

In 1855 Mr. Adams started business in Sandwich in a small way, with his sheller as a foundation, taking into business with his sons, then just merging into manhood, and under their management this has grown until it has become the extensive and successful business of today, under the name of Sandwich Manufacturing Company. At the same time an industry in which our people take great pride, and one from which they derive great profit. So much for the union of muscle and brains in life's industries.

In 1847 Mr. Adams was made a candidate for the constitutional convention and much to his surprise won, he being the first Whig who broke the strength of the Democratic party in his district by an election. In this convention with him was W. R. Archer of Pile, G. W. Armstrong, of LaSalle, Judge David Davis, John Dement, S. A. Hurlbut, Thomas Judd, John M. Palmer, W. B. Seates, and Judge Thornton. Here he became intimately acquainted with Abraham Lincoln, boarding near Lincoln's home. In 1850 Mr. Adams was again made a candidate, this time for the house--not knowing of his candidacy until he was informed of his nomination. So close was the vote that he was elected by only seven majority, while one of his party opponents was elected by a majority of five. In this body was Owen T. Lovejoy, while Judge Douglas was in the United States Senate. In 1854 Mr. Adams was put in nomination for the state senate and again elected, serving with John M. Palmer, Don Morrison and Judge Underwood, among others.

Mr. Adams has never sought office, all these elections coming to him unsolicited and against his protest, coming to him because his party friends being in the minority, were seeking for their ablest and most popular man. He was then one of the leading temperance men of Kane County, being a member of the first lodge organized in Elgin and has during all his life been entirely consistent to his profession.

The funeral services of Mr. Augustus Adams were held in the Congregational Church on Wednesday, at 1:30 o'clock, Rev. H. V. Tull officiating, assisted by Rev. R. H. Nye. The services were short and impressive, and very largely attended. The remains were followed to their last resting place in the family lot at Oak Ridge Cemetery, by a large number of relatives and friends. The attendance from outside the city was large and included: Orlando Davidson, Judge E. C. Lowell, W. F. Sylla, Esq., Elgin, IL; Martin Kingman, Esq., Peoria; Hon. Lewis Steward, Denslow Henning, Plano; Hon. James H. Beveridge, Ex State Treasurer. Relatives from abroad: Mr. and Mrs. J. Q. Adams, Mr. H. R. Adams, Mrs. and Mrs. Alonzo T. Adams, Augustus Adams, Jr., Marseilles; Mrs. Oliver R. Adams, Oberlin, OH; Mrs. W. G. Adams, Mrs. and Mrs. C. H. Adams, Racine, WI; Dr. and Mrs. Charles R. Taylor, Streator; Miss Augusta Young, Chicago; George J. Cram, Sec. of Marseilles Manufacturing Co., accompanied by seventeen men, foremen and employees of that company.

Augustus Adams 1892.10.02
From Ken Bastian, probably from the Free Press, Sandwich, Illinois
It interesting to know that at the Oak Ridge Cemetery, in the Adam's lot, there lie the bodies of five generations--a fact unusual in our midwest community.

Here lie Augustus Adams, pioneer and founder of the Sandwich Manufacturing Company; his wife, Lydia; their seven sons, Darius, Phelps, Henry, John Raymond, Oliver, Walter and their wives.

Monday afternoon under a sky of marvelous blue, with trees and bushes ablaze with color, along the paths of beautiful Oak Ridge there was borne the body of the eighth and youngest son, Charles Hawkins Adams. Charles Adams was brought back to his childhood home, for it was here, 74 years ago, that he was born. Mr. Adams was educated for a physician and for some time he practiced medicine in Aurora and Normal, IL. He gave up his professional life after a number of years to join his brothers in the manufacture of agricultural implements. About 15 years ago he retired, but his energetic nature was not satisfied with so many idle hours and he again went into business in Moline, where he had lived a number of years. In this work he was happily engaged at the time of his tragic death last Friday evening (September 27, 1929) when he was driving in Peoria. The car in which he was riding skidded on a narrow pavement and he was thrown violently against a telephone pole. He was seriously injured and lived only a few hours after he was taken to the hospital.

Mr. Adams was an enthusiastic, interesting man. His genial, unselfish, happy disposition won him many friends. He was devoted to his home and family. He enhanced any social occasion by his sense of humor and his friendliness. His affection for not only his immediate family, but for ll his relatives, was most unusual. He was a man not only respected, but beloved--a man who all along the way has left kindly words and deeds, and his passing is sincerely mourned.

Fifty years ago he was married to Mary A., eldest daughter of Judge and Mrs. S. B. Stinson. Mrs. Adams and two daughters, Mrs. William O'Neill, of Moline, and Mrs. Earl Niesen of Milwaukee, survive him. There are three grandchildren--Hester O'Neill and Charles and Eleanor Neilsen. Many relatives were here for the burial. Among them were: Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Adams of Racine, WI; Mrs. A. Adams and Mrs. J. H. Wallace of Oak Park; Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Adams-Wallace of Davenport; Mrs. Corine Sterrett Maul, Mr. and Mrs. William Stinson, and Mr. and Mrs. Orth of Chicago; Miss Lorene Stinson of Galesburg, and Mrs. Eugene Slye of Aurora. Many close friends from Moline, Marseilles and Chicago joined the family here. The funeral was at Moline and the burial service here, conducted by Dr. Day of Moline and Dr. Lewis of this city.

Charles Hawkins Adams 1929.09.01
From Ken Bastian, probably from the Free Press, Sandwich, Illinois
Our people were greatly surprised and shocked on Saturday afternoon (March 10, 1917) when a message came that Henry A. Adams had passed away at 7:30 o'clock that morning at his apartment at Long Beach, California.

For several years past Mr. Adams has not been in the best of health and it was his custom to go to warmer climates to pass the winter months. It was shortly after the first of the year that he and his wife left for Long Beach. While time had been making inroads upon his sturdy, robust being, few of his friends realized that the end was so near at hand. A telegram was received on Sunday stating that Mrs. Adams and Mrs. Houston would leave Long Beach on Wednesday for Sandwich with the body, expecting to arrive here on Saturday.

Honored and respected by all, there was no man who occupied a more enviable position as a representative of the business and social life of Sandwich than Henry A. Adams, one of the founders of the Sandwich Manufacturing Company, and for years its superintendent and a member of the board of directors and vice-president. His enterprise, his strong purpose, his progressive spirit and his consideration for his employees, and this consideration extended beyond those employed in his factory, all combined to make him a man whose record excites the admiration and won for him the regard of those with whom he had been brought in contact, either through business or social relations.

Mr. Adams was a native of Pine Valley, NY. He was born January 21, 1837, a son of Hon. and Mrs. Augustus Adams. Mr. Adams senior came to the new west in 1838 and located at Elgin, Mrs. Adams and children coming two years later, in 1840. His early education was limited to a short term in the local schools at Elgin, but was developed by self study, experience and travel throughout the length and breadth of our country and in Europe. His fund of general information was surpassed by but few men. He was a natural mechanic and secured a practical knowledge of that profession in the shop of his father. He was a thorough mechanic, familiar with the business in its practical workings as well as in the department requiring careful management of financial affairs and his thorough understanding of the trade has been one of the strong elements in his success.

He came with his father and brothers to Sandwich in 1856 when the firm of A. Adams & Sons was formed, consisting of Augustus Adams, J. P., H. A., Darius and W. G. Adams. This firm began as builders of self feed corn shellers, and added other machinery in the line as demands required. He remained with this firm until 1867 when the Sandwich Manufacturing Company was incorporated. He went with the new company as a stockholder and its superintendent, holding that position continuously until May 2, 1910 when feeling the weight of years of hard service and that some of the responsibility should be placed upon younger shoulders, he resigned, retaining his place as vice-president and member of the board of directors. He was as intensely interested in the success of the new company as he was in the old one, and gave it years of loyal and conscientious service. His interest in the welfare of his employees, not alone when at their daily toil, but in their homes, won for him the admiration and esteem of those who looked upon him as their superior. While at times seemingly abrupt and outspoken, there was in his breast a heart as tender as that of a child and it grieved him greatly when sorrow and misfortunes came to those about him. Many a man in the present works of the Sandwich Manufacturing Company will look back with pleasure to the times when he stretched forth a hand to assist someone over troubled places.

Mr. Adams was a Republican in politics and served the city several times as an alderman and member of the board of education, being on the board at the time our school houses were built. He was greatly interested in the anti-saloon league movement and an active foe of the liquor traffic. Community affairs awakened his deep interest and his aid has been a salient factor in progress and improvement along many lines here, while his business career has been of the utmost benefit to the city.

He was one of the oldest and most active members of the first Congregational Church, and for many years had served it as a member of the board of trustees and board of deacons.

On September 29,1859 he was married to Miss Augusta Carpenter of Sandwich. To them were born four children, Mrs. Mamie Houston, Mrs. E. E. Wallace, Charles H., and Mrs. E. C. Mosher.

Besides his wife, who has been his faithful companion and helpmate for nearly 58 years, and children, he leaves three brothers, H. H. of long Beach, CA, W. G., of Racine, WI, and C. H. of Moline, IL.

The funeral services will be held at the Congregational Church on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Arrangements have been made to have through train No. 6 stopped at .6 p.m. for the convenience of out-of -town friends who desire to return to their homes at points east.

Henry A. Adams 1917.03.06
From Ken Bastian, probably from the Free Press, Sandwich, Illinois
Oliver R. Adams died at his home at Marseilles, IL, on Friday, December 18, 1891. The news came without warning to the most of our people, though his family and more intimate friends had known for a few days that he was ill. For nearly twenty years he has filled the office of Secretary of the Marseilles Manufacturing Company, to the success of which institution his marked business ability has been an important factor. In Sandwich, where the days of his youth and early manhood were passed, he has been a welcomed visitor, and not one of "our boys," who have gone out from us, has held his early friends more closely than he. To them it seems strange that they should be called upon to stand about his open grave, ere he had completed his forty sixth year, at a time when they would have thought him just fairly hardened to his work. At Marseilles, where in his business, social and church work he has been so busy, faithful and efficient, the wound, opened by his removal, gives a keener and more lasting pain. In the office, the church, the Sabbath School and in society, his death leaves a vacancy which will be felt so long as one of his associates shall remain. He was married twenty six years ago to Miss Hattie Armstrong, of this city, who, with one daughter, survives him.

At the door of that home, made desolate by his going out never to return, we pause. Beside it we lay a wreath of laurel for this one who conquered by the power of his love, and to those who sit within, we offer the sympathy of the many who loved him.

His remains were brought to Sandwich on Monday, and funeral services were held at the Congregational Church, after which they were taken to Oak Ridge and buried beside those of his two little daughters, his mother and his brother, Darius. His brothers, John and Raymond, of Marseilles, and Walter and Charles of Racine, WI, were here, and their aged father, Hon. Augustus Adams, attended the services.

Oliver R. Adams 1891.12.14
From Ken Bastian, probably from the Free Press, Sandwich, Illinois
Peace and quiet reigned in our city Saturday afternoon, when our citizens united for the purpose of paying due respect to one of the most valued and highly esteemed members of this community, Mr. J. P. Adams. The factories were closed for the day and during the funeral service every place of business was also closed.

The funeral services of Mr. Adams, who passed from this life last Thursday, were held at two o'clock from his late home on Third Street. Hundreds of relatives, friends and the employees of the Sandwich Manufacturing Company gathered to pay the last sad tribute. About two hundred of the company's employees were present, each carrying a carnation, and as they viewed the peaceful countenance for a last farewell, gently laid the flowers upon the casket as a token of the great love and esteem in which they held Mr. Adams. It was a very touching scene and will remain fresh in the memory of those present for years to come.

Dr. J. M. Lewis officiated and paid a beautiful and appropriate tribute to the deceased. Two beautiful solos entitled, "Come Unto Me," and "Crossing the Bar," were sung by A. E. DeReimer. Interment was made in the family burial place at Oak Ridge Cemetery. The active bearers were the eight nephews of Mr. Adams.

Loving friends did what they could to soften the sorrow at the cemetery. Beautiful flowers were laid on each mound in the family lot and the grave was lined with lilacs.

Those from abroad in attendance at the funeral were:

Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Adams and daughter, Florence, and son, Phelps, of Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Adams of Jackson, MI; C. H Adams and daughter, H. R. Adams and daughter, Alonzo Adams, W. V. Adams, John Q. Adams, Mrs. Fred Kline and daughter, Mrs. Hattie Adams, Dr. and Mrs. Sterrett, of Marseilles, IL; Charles H. Adams, Oberlin, OH; Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Waite, Evanston, IL, relatives of the deceased.

The following close friends and acquaintances from out of town were present:

Mrs. Agnes Patten and Harry Patten of Evanston; W. H. Spear, Walter Kimbark, Mrs. Charles Hopper, of Chicago; Rufus Kleinsmid, Paw Paw; A. H. Tillson, Dixon; two representatives of the American Radiator Company, Chicago; William Syla and George Sherman, Elgin.

The factory representatives were: C. W. McDonald, Council Bluffs, IA; M. H. Losee, Kansas City, MO; E. Randall, Peoria, IL; W. T. Jones, Cedar Rapids, IA; E. R. McMeen, Mediapolis, IA.

J. Phelps Adams was born in Pine Valley, NY, September 18. 1835. Since his fifth year he was a resident of Illinois, moving to Elgin with his parents in 1840. He received all the educational advantages possible from the common schools at Elgin, supplemented by a full course at the then popular Bell's Business College in Chicago. By close reading and extensive travel, the meager beginning was broadened into a liberal education, and Mr. Adams has always kept abreast of the times in general and scientific thought and research. In 1860 he associated himself with his father and brothers in the manufacturing concern of A. Adams, & Sons at Sandwich, IL. In 1867 the business was incorporated as the Sandwich Manufacturing Company and Mr. Adams was made secretary and general manager, which position he held until his death, a period of thirty seven years. Under his management the business has been very prosperous and is recognized as one of the most important agricultural implement industries of the west.

Mr. Adams had unusual mental endowments, and was a man of sterling integrity. He was interested in and an active member of various manufacturing associations, both national and local, and his demise will be mourned by many business acquaintances.

In 1861 he was married to Mary Brainard Phelps, of Kirkland, NY, who, with a daughter, Florence B. and a son, Henry E Adams, survive him. Three children were waiting to welcome him above, Frederick and Louise, who died in infancy, and William Morse at the age of 13 years.

Mr. Adams also had in his home for some years, two nieces, Hattie and Luella Adams, children of his deceased brother, Darius, and has been as a father to them.

He was the second of the eight sons of Hon. Augustus Adams. Two have preceded him to the home beyond, Darius and Oliver R. Five are left to mourn, Henry A., John Q., H. Raymond, Walter G., and Charles H.

Mr. Adams has always been closely identified with religious, educational and political interests. He was a member of the Congregational Church, was its Sunday School Superintendent for fifteen consecutive years, also a Deacon for many years.

He had not been in the best of health for some months. February last he went to Magnolia Springs, where he remained for several weeks, coming home apparently much improved, but soon after reaching home took cold, and had a mild attack of la grippe from which he did not fully recover, and Sunday evening, May 8, while sitting in a chair at home reading, he was stricken with paralysis. All that the best medical skill could do was done for him, but he continued to grow worse until Thursday, May 12, 1904, when he passed peacefully away.

The many years of great responsibility and close attention to his official duties had begun to show their effect on Mr. Adams, but he continued to give his thought and energies to the business with which he was so long associated, and up to Saturday, May 7, he was at his desk as usual taking care of the matters demanding his attention, and it seemed impossible to relax from his many years of activity. No man in our community was more highly esteemed, and his death is a personal bereavement to many people outside the circle of his immediate family.

Mr. Adams virtues shone brightest perhaps in his home, surrounded by those he loved best, and whose every wish he desired to gratify. And it was in his home he loved to have his friends gather to enjoy his generous hospitality. In the larger family circle of brothers and sisters, he was one whose wise council and advice was sought for, and he always responded with a heart full of sympathy and helpfulness.

His charity for others was unbounded, and where many people saw things to criticize unfavorably, his broad and generous spirit found words of commendation. Truly in his heart was the law of kindness. Business men found in him a wise councilor. In fact, a generous and unselfish spirit characterized his every action. In his death we have lost a valued citizen, for every plan to promote the best interests of the town found him a ready helper.

The church has lost a strong supporter, a devoted officer and an exemplary member; the family a devoted husband and father and a loving brother.

"I cannot say, and I will not say, that he is dead, he is just away."

J. Phelps Adams 1904.05.07
From Milwaukee Journal dated 5 October 1980.

of Wildwood, Illinois, formerly of Milwaukee and Waukesha. Beloved wife of the late William W. Dear mother of Dorathy (Thomas) McFarland and Jeanne (The late Francis) Illian. Fond sister of Elsie Anderson and Lala Seely. Dearest grandmother of 6, great-grandmother of 10. Resting at the Strang Funeral Chapel, 410 E. Belvidere, Grayslake, Ill. 2-9 PM Mon. Funeral services 1 P.M. Tues. Entombment Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Wis. For information call 312-223-8122.
Note: The 6 grandchildren are Thomas Landis McFarland of Madison, Wis.; Patricia Adele McFarland of Pueblo, Colorado; Carroll Flood of Grayslake, Ill. (2); Susan Anna Williams of Grayslake, Ill. (2); Brian Douglas McFarland of Tempe, Ariz. (3); and Sally Jo_Dell Bailey of Springfield, Ill. (2). Number of children in 1980 in parentheses. Thomas Landis McFarland had a daughter in 1986.

Following from Grayslake, Illinois, about 5 October 1980.


Mrs. Adele M. Landis, Wildwood, Illinois, died Friday, October 3, 1980 at Condell Memorial Hospital, Libertyville, Illinois, following a brief illness.

She was born in Minnesota, travelled and resided areas all over the United States, including Milwaukee and Waukesha, and had made her home in Wildwood the past 12 years.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William W. Landis, September of 1952.

Survivors include 2 daughters, Dorathy (Thomas) McFarland of Phoenix, Arizona, and Jeanne Illian of Wildwood; 2 sisters, Elsie Anderson, Independence, Missouri, and Lala Seely, Winnebago, Minnesota; 6 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be 1 pm Tuesday, October 7, at the STRANG FUNERAL CHAPEL, 410 E. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake, Illinois with the Rev. James E. Meroid, Prince of Peace Church, Lake Villa, Illinois, officiating. Entombment to follow at Wisconsin Memorial Park, Brookfield, Wis. Friends may call 2 till 9 pm, Monday at the funeral home.

Obituary of William Walter Landis, published in Waukesha Daily Freeman dated Wed. Sept 17, 1952
Ex-Westchester Man, William Landis, Dies
William Walter Landis, a former resident of Westchester subdivision, died suddenly in Miilwaukee Tuesday. He had spent the winters in Florida and the summers in Milwaukee since retiring two years ago. He was 64 years old.

The funeral will be at the Ritter funeral home in Milwaukee, Friday at 1:30 P.M. and burial will be at Wisconsin Memorial park. The body is in state after 4 P.M. Thursday.

Surviving Landis are his wife Adele (nee Nenno); a sister, Louise Allyn of Delavan, and two daughters, Dorathy McFarland of Wauwatosa and Jean Illian, now of Grays Lake, Illinois, who was graduated from Waukesha High School in 1944.

Original marriage certificate of George Bradford Burdick and Jemima Jane Risdon copied from records of Alberta Horan.
Certificate of Marriage
[two official stamps]
I hereby certify, that on the 4 th day of July
A.D. 1864 at the Residence of M.L. Burdick in said County,
Mr. Geo B Burdick and Miss Jemima J Risdon
residents of Lake Milwaukee C [indistinct] JOINED IN MATRIMONY by and
IN PRESENCE OF M Israel B Geoff, and G.C. Sutton [signatures]
I further certify, That previous to joining in Marriage, they were examined
on [indistinct], and that I found no legal impediment to said Marriage.
Given under my hand, at the Residence of M.L. Burdick this
4 th day of July 1864
James McLean [signature]

Obituary for Daniel W. Patterson, in Milwaukee Sentinel 28 July 1895.
On the same page is a separate longer article on Mr. Patterson's feats as a blacksmith.
Mr. Patterson followed an indian trail in coming to Milwaukee and was one of the first anglo-saxons to settle here.
Daniel W. Patterson, who was the oldest living settler of Milwaukee, died at 4 o'clock this morning at his residence in the town of Lake. He was 87 years old. Until recently, he had been in good health and was one of the speakers at the annual picnic of the old settlers last summer.

Last Tuesday, Mr. Patterson caught a severe cold and yesterday it developed into bronchitis. On account of his advanced age, he grew rapidly worse until his death. A neice and his son were with him when he died.

Obituary for Olive S. (Patterson) Burdick, probably in Milwaukee Journal
Olive Burdick died on 11 March 1911 (Alberta Horan)
Ann (Murphy) Oliveri owns a Milwaukee Journal obituary dated Wed. 8 March 1911
Funeral of Mrs. Olive S. Burdick will be held Thursday
From her home on the Chicago road over which she came to Milwaukee forty-nine years ago, Mrs. Olive S. Burdick, who died Tuesday at the age of 93, will be buried Thursday afternoon after services at her home. Mrs. Burdick was the widow of Morgan L. Burdick, pioneer builder and resident of Milwaukee. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Ellen P. Nelson, Chicago; George B., Alfred E., and Melvin L. Burdick, Milwaukee

Birth Certificate for Dorathy Adele Landis
State of Illinois
Department of Public Health
State file No. 202321
document dated December 30, 1968 (Springfield)
  1. Place of birth...(Austin) Chicago.....Cook County
  2. Full name at birth.....Dorathy Adele Landis
  3. Date of birth..... Jan 6 , 1913
  4. Name change outside of marriage....(blank)
  5. Race....white
  6. Sex....fem
  7. Father's full name.... William Walter Landis
  8. Father's birthplace.....Hinsdale, Illinois
  9. Mother's maiden name.....Adele Mary Nenno
10. Mother's birthplace.....New Ulm, Minn.
11. Affidavit (I declare above statements are true
    signed Dorathy Adele McFarland on 6th December 1967

High School Record -- Wauwatosa High School
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
Entered above High School May 12, 1929
separate record from Wauwatosa High School registrar dated 12/16/68 shows Dorathy leaving this school on Feb 27, 1930
Marriage Record #73
Walworth County, Wisconsin
Married July 3, 1936
age at marriage (23 years) attested by Wm W. Landis
Affidavit to above statements by mother
Adele Mary Landis
7723 Stickney Avenue
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
dated: December 6, 1967

Obituaries (below) of Joseph Pratt Allyn, published in St. Petersburg Times (Florida) dated February 28, 1976
Allyn, Joseph Pratt, 92, of 115 Cordova Blvd. NE, St. Petersburg, founder of Allynhurst Farms (one of the pioneer breeders and exhibitors of Brown Swiss cattle) Thursday (Feb. 26, 1976). John S. Rhodes, East Chapel
Allyn - Joseph Pratt Allyn, 92, husband of Eleanor Neilsen Allyn, passed away Thursday, February 26. He resided at 115 Cordova Blvd. NE, coming here 24 years ago from Delavan, Wisconsin. He was a member of the St. Petersburg Yacht Club and Bath Club. Mr. Allyn, farm owner, was one of the Pioneer Breeders and Exhibitors of Brown Swiss Cattle, Past President of the Brown Swiss Cattle Breeders Association and Wisconsin Dairyman's Assn. Survivors also include three granddaughters, Mrs. R.W. Erickson of Hudson, Ohio; Mrs. William Russell of Burton, Ohio and Mrs. Sandra McCormick of Scottsdale, Arizona and six great-grandchildren. Services and interment will be in Delavan, Wisconsin. Family requests memorials to All Children's Hospital. John S. Rhodes Inc., East Chapel in charge of arrangements.
The 6 great-grandchildren (above are Robert L. McCormick, Kari L. McCormick, Todd. A. McCormick,
Sandra A. Erickson, Steven A. Erickson, and Richard D. Erickson Jr.,
all from Mr. Allyn's first marriage to Louise Landis

Joeseph P. Allyn was buried in the Allyn family plot in Spring Grove Cemetery, Delavan, section zero, block 532, lot 8

Letter from estate of JP Allyn, dated April 28, 1976
Mrs. McFarland's father (William Landis) was the brother of Joe Allyn's first wife (Louise)
Landmark Union Trust Bank of St. Petersburg, N.A.
Mrs. Thomas F. McFarland
87 West State Avenue
Phoenix, Arizona

re: estate of Joseph P. Allyn

Dear Mrs. McFarland:

You previously received notification from the attorney representing this Estate, Mr. George S. Coit, Jr., P.O. Box 27, St. Petersburg, Florida 33731, of the death of Joseph P. Allyn here in St. Petersburg on February 26, 1976, and that this bank has been appointed Personal representative of his Estate. You were also informed that the Estate is being administered under the jurisdiction of the Circuit Court of Pinellas County. Attached to this letter is an excerpt from the Last Will and Testament of Joseph P. Allyn describing a bequest which you are to receive. remainder of page deleted

"NINTH: I give and bequeath to MRS. (Thomas F.) McFarland of 87 West State Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021, the sum of FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($5,000.00) if she survives me."

signed J. Edward Evan, Trust Officer

Advance-Press newspaper clipping, likely from New Ulm, Minn about 1920, announcing the death of Marguerite Anderson, granddaughter of J.N. Nenno
Nine-year-old Marguerite Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Anderson, is run over by car six miles north of Elk River. Funeral today.
The life of nine year old Marguerite Anderson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. C. Anderson, was snuffed out by a moving automobile on the Jefferson highway six miles north of Elk River Saturday afternoon. The little girl had been spending two weeks at Lake Ida with Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Frantz of Minneapolis. The party, which also included Mr. and Mrs. T.F. Cassidy, of Minneapolis, was returning to Minneapolis in Mr. Frantz's car. Mr. Frantz stopped to look after some engine trouble while Mrs. Frantz and the girl, who was a second cousin to Mrs. Frantz, alighted onto the paved road. They intended to cross the road, but seeing a car coming, Mrs. Frantz told the girl to wait until it passed. She walked to the front of the car where Mr. Cassidy and Mr. Frantz were, and suddenly dashed across the road, evidently hoping to get across before the oncoming car should reach her. She misjudged the speed of the car, however, and was run down.

The oncoming car was driven by Dr. Rosendahl of Minneapolis, a physician with offices at 707 Donaldson block. His car was traveling at a moderate speed and he slowed down on approaching the Frantz car, but it was impossible to avoid the accident. Mr. Frantz picked up the injured girl and placed her in his car. Dr. Rosendahl left his car and took care of the girl on the way to Elk River where she was taken to the office of Dr. Page and a wire was sent to Mr. Anderson stating that his daughter had been seriously injured. The girl died shortly afterward.

At Elk River a coroner's inquest was held and after the story of the accident was heard, the jury decided that no blame attached to any of the people in either car. Dr. Rosendahl had been detained pending the inquiry but was not arrested.

The body was prepared for burial at Elk River and arrived here Monday morning, accompanied by Carl Hellickson, who accompanied Mr. Anderson to Elk River when word of the accident had reached here. Mr. Anderson remained in Minneapolis until his wife arrived from Billings, Montana, where she had been visiting with her sister, Mrs. Wm. Roscoe. Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Nenno of New Ulm accompanied Mr. Anderson to Elk River.

Funeral services were held this morning at St. Raphael's church.

The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the bereaved parents in their hour of sadness. Expressions of sorrow were heard on all sides when the news of the cruel death spread through the city. Marguerite Anderson was an unusually bright and promising child and a favorite among her playmates. She was 9 years of age on May 3, having been born in Springfield. It was her custom every summer to spend some time with Mr. and Mrs. Frantz and she had had a very enjoyable time at the lake.

The Advance-Press joins with the many friends of the Anderson family in extending condolences.

Obituary of Paul Apprill, published in Missouri dated ?
Paul Apprill
Paul Apprill, 19, Merriam, Kan., formerly of Independence, died late Friday, Feb. 19, 1988, in a head-on collision near Lawrence, Kan.

Aprill was born in Independence and was a lifelong Merriam resident. He was a lifeguard at the Merriam Swimming Pool and at Kansas University. He was a member of the Merriam swim team for eight years. He was a 1986 graduate of Bishop Miege High School, where was a member of the National Honor Society and the wrestling and cross-country teams. He was a member of Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

His survivors include his parents, Paul and Kathy Apprill of Merriam ; a brother, David Apprill of the home ; two sisters, Mary Elizabeth Apprill, Hays, Kan., and Maggie Apprill of the home; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Apprill, Kansas city ; his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Esser, Independence ; and his maternal great-grandmother, Elsie Anderson, Independence.

Services were today at the church ; burial in Resurrection Cemetery, Lenexa. The family suggests contributions to the Queen of the Holy Rosary School, Bishop Miege High School or the KU Biology Department.

Obituary of Aimee Landis, published in San Mateo Times dated Dec 5 1966 (Pg 34 col 5)
Landis - in San Mateo, Dec. 2, 1966, Aimee C. Landis, loving sister of Mr. Joseph Rowe of San Mateo; also survived by several neices and nephews. A native of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Aged 77 years.

Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from the Schneider & Sulliovan Funeral Home, 977 South El Camino Real, San Mateo, thence to new St. Matthew's Catholic Church where a requiem mass will be celebrated commencing at 10 o'clock. Recitation of the holy rosary this evening at 8:00 o'clock in the chapel. Interment, Holy Cross Cemetery, Colma.

Obituary of Henrietta Cross, sister of Jemima Burdick, wife of Norman Cross, published in The Milwaukee Sentinel dated 27 May 1922
CROSS - May 22, 1922, Henrietta Cross, aged 81 years. Funeral services at W.C. Feerick & Son Funeral Home. 1321 Grand (now Wisconsin) Avenue, Monday at 1:30 pm. Interment Lake Geneva, Tuesday am.

Obituary of Joseph R. Illian, father of Carroll, Susan, and Sally Illian, published in The Milwaukee Journal dated Friday 18 Aug 1944
Illian : Joseph, 5829 W. Park Hill, beloved husband of Josephine, father of Harold and Francis ; granddaughter, brothers and sisters survive. Funeral Saturday at 2 P.M. from the Franzen Funeral Home, 1334 N. 12th St. Interment at Highland Memorial.

Wisconsin Board of Health - Original Certificate of Death - stamped SEP 16 1944
Place of death: Milwaukee County Hospital, Wauwatosa, Wis. (non-resident)
Usual Residence of deceased: 5829 Park Hill Ave., Milwaukee, Wis.
Full Name: Joseph Illian
Social Security No.: given (last 3 digits indistinct)
Sex: Male
Color or race: White
Name of husband or wife : Josephine Illian
Age of husband or wife, if alive: 50
Date of birth of deceased: 2 (Feb) 3 (day) 1893
Age of deceased: 51 years, 6 months, 14 days
Occupation: Last maker
Name of father: Andrew Illian
birthplace of father: Germany
Maiden Name of mother: Caroline Schultz
birthplace of mother: Germany
Informant: Francis Illian, 5829 W. Park Hill Ave.
Type of service: burial, on 8-19-44
Place of burial : Highland Memorial
Funeral director : Wallace M. (?), 1334 N. 12th Street (Milwaukee)
Cause of death: (partly illegible) Chronic Rheumatic heart disease

Marriage of Harold Flood and Carroll Illian, published in Lakeland Publications dated Thursday 30 July 1964
Illian-Flood Rite Conducted Saturday by Reverend Hart

The Wildwood Presbyterian Church was the setting July 18 for the wedding of Miss Carroll Illian to Harold Flood. The Reverend Covell Hart officiated at the 2 PM ceremony.

The former Miss Illian is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Illian, and he is the son of Mr. and Mrs. David Flood of Gurnee.

For her wwedding, the bride chose a ballerina length gown of silk and cotton brocade with a matching pill box headpiece embroidered with seed pearls and shoulder length veil. She carried a white lace covred bible with a satin orchid.

Her sister, Susan, was maid of honor and another sister, Sally was bridesmaid. Both girls chose sheaths ofchiffon over taffeta with matching bolero jackets and tulle bow headpieces.

Serving his brother as best man was David Flood and Jeff Flood, another brother was groomsman. Ushers were Bob Halvorsen and Mel Bodenlos, Jr.

A wedding dinner for some 60 relatives and friends was held in fellowship Hall of the church. The wedding cake was made by family friends, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Vogelfang of Burlington, Wis., who operate a bakery in that town. Out of town guests came from Green Lake, Wauwatosa, and Milwaukee, Wis.

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